(Billy Hallowell) Katherine Russell, the 24-year-old widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaeva, released a short statement through her lawyer, Amato DeLuca, on Tuesday morning. It was the first time she has spoken out since the terror attack unfolded last Monday (although her mother did previously release a brief written comment following Tsarnaeva’s death).
Including informational tidbits that have been reported in media of late, the release explained that Russell, referred to as “Katie” in the text, grew up in Rhode Island. That said, the release claims that she has been living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since getting married in 2010, WPRI-TVreports.
There has been mixed reporting about where, exactly, she lived leading up to the attacks, with one of her parents’ neighbors seemingly telling the Daily Mail that she had been residing with her parents for quite some time (and that her husband had not been seen in at least a year).
According to DeLuca, the young woman ”has been working long hours, caring for people in their homes who are unable to care for themselves.” Additionally, the attorney claims that she is assisting authorities in their investigation of her deceased husband.
Here’s the statement in full:
Our firm is representing Katherine Russell and she has asked us to make a short statement. As you know from news reports, Katie married her husband in June of 2010. Since then, she has been living in Cambridge, raising her child and working long hours, caring for people in their homes who are unable to care for themselves. Katie grew up in Rhode Island and has always remained close to her parents and sisters here, as well as her extended family. She is fortunate to have the support of her loving family now, as they struggle to come to terms with these events and the deep sorrow we all feel following the events of last week. Meanwhile, she is doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
The injuries and loss of life – to people who came to celebrate a race and a holiday – has caused profound distress and sorrow to Katie and her family. The reports of involvement by her husband and brother–in–law came as an absolute shock to them all. As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims – students, law enforcement, families and our community. In the aftermath of this tragedy, she, her daughter and her family are trying to come to terms with these events.